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Manufacturers should "take responsibility" for nappy waste

Manufacturers are being urged to pay the cost of the growing nappy mountain which is costing some local authorities over £1 million a year to dispose of.

It is estimated that 90% of the three billion thrown away each year end up in landfill, with £67 million being forked out to bury these in the UK.

But now the Local Government Association (LGA) as part of its War on Waste campaign wants companies to foot the bill.
LGA Environment Board chairman councillor Paul Bettison said: Around eight million nappies are thrown away every day in the UK. All eight million end up in landfill as there isnt any other way to deal with a disposable nappy. It cant be recycled.

It is high time that nappy manufacturers were made to take full responsibility for the life cycle of their products. Its totally unacceptable that the council tax payer is picking up the bill for landfilling disposable nappies.

Many councils have schemes in place to encourage parents to buy reusable nappies including cash back incentives of up to £80, while others offer payment towards laundry bills.

Even so, the cost of landfilling is still astronomical with Nottinghamshire County Council estimating it pays over £1 million a year while Bristol City Council forks out around £500,000 annually for the practice.

Councils are on the frontline in the fight against climate change and working hard to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill but ultimately we must make sure less waste is produced in the first place. Reusable nappies are the only way to prevent the nappy mountain landfill problem.

Many councils run year-round cash incentive schemes encouraging parents to choose reusable nappies. Paying families to take up reusables gives them the chance to save money, understand they are almost as easy to use as disposables and helps reduce damage to the environment in the process, added Bettison.

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